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Disney’s Frozen Heading to Broadway

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Fresh off a Golden Globe win for Best Animated Feature, Disney is giving their CG animated take on the Snow Queen yarn, Frozen, another go by taking the franchise and aiming it in the direction of Broadway.

According to a Variety report, a spokesman for Disney Theatrical Productions has already confirmed that a Disney musical adaptation of Frozen is already in the early development stage, supporting a Fortune interview in which Bob Iger himself stated that the studio is mulling over plans to adopt Frozen for Broadway.

Marvel Comics gets new Spider-Man to replace Peter Parker

Marvel Comics gets new Spider-Man to replace Peter Parker

Geez, it’s just not an easy time to be Spider-Man. First, Broadway announces the (temporary?) closing of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Now, Marvel seems to have had their fill of Peter Parker as the lead character all together! Starting with Ultimate Spider-Man issue 160, someone new will be wearing the Spider-Man costume. In fact, someone new will be wearing something new, as the whole Spidey suit gets an update. The sleek black and red design was just recently revealed, ready to put into practice this summer after issue 159’s “Death of Spider-Man” storyline. Yeesh! So who is the new wall crawler, web-slinger, man behind the mask? It’s a mystery, so far. As is the future of the classic Spidey, Peter Parker.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turns dark

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark turns dark

Maybe it was the Green Goblin. Maybe it was due to the dozens of accidents. Heck, maybe the cast is just afraid of being devoured whole by partially untrained dragons. The true answers may never surface, but the fact remains: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is closing. At least for now. During this past weekend’s show, the cast took a final bow as curtains closed, letting producers, including U2’s Bono and The Edge, and a new creative team have some time to overhaul and fix the show. Everyone involved hopes to have previews ready to go May 12th, with a relaunch on June 14th at the Foxwoods Theater. Technically, the show has still never opened, airing only previews since November of 2010. Maybe one day, Peter Parker. Maybe one day.

DreamWorks takes How to Train Your Dragon to Broadway?

DreamWorks takes How to Train Your Dragon to Broadway?

Last year’s CG animated movie, How To Train Your Dragon, was one of the best films we’d seen in awhile. The folks at DreamWorks Animation clearly agreed, as they’ve already begun the process to franchise the title, churning out an upcoming sequel in the next few years, as well as an animated series based on the films, set to hit Nickelodeon before you know it. But what we didn’t know is that DreamWorks Animations CEO, Jeffrey Katzenberg, also has plans to turn the flick into a live show! After both Shrek and then Spider-Man took their turn at the stage, do you have room in your hearts to see Dragons and Vikings marching down Broadway?

Spidey swings from page to stage in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark

Spidey swings from page to stage in Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark

Spider-Man, Turn Off the Dark – the on-again, off-again musical set to hit Broadway stages – is back. The upcoming show, with music and lyrics by U2’s Bono and The Edge, follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down when he’s bitten by a genetically altered spider. This bullied science geek, suddenly endowed with astonishing powers from the spider’s bite, soon learns that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Originally penned as a book by Julie Taymor and Glen Berger, the musical takes the Marvel Comics superhero to the stage, starring Reeve Carney as Peter Parker and Spider-Man.  Now fans can grab tickets in a special pre-sale offer through August 18th.  Check out the below poster for more details!

Warner Bros. releases Bugs Bunny at the Symphony CD

Warner Bros. releases Bugs Bunny at the Symphony CD

In May of this year, the Sydney Opera House was home to a very special, toon-related event: the live recording, and world premiere, of Bugs Bunny At The Symphony. The recording celebrates the 20th anniversary of 1990’s Bugs Bunny On Broadway, and will happily be collected in a 15-track audio CD collection, available… today! Just days after the formal unveiling of The New Looney Tunes at Comic Con 2010, we get a reminder of the brilliance involved in not only the animation, but the music behind it. Take a look at the track listing and full write up

DreamWorks builds cast for Puss in Boots to follow Shrek

DreamWorks builds cast for Puss in Boots to follow Shrek

Shrek has thus far had a phenomenal run; in addition to the musical, the CDs, winter holiday specials, figures, fall holiday specials, and other merchandise, most importantly, he’s had three ogre-sized successes in theaters – with a fourth in the works. But that’s not all there is to the franchise; the Puss in Boots spin-off film is set in motion, with a new release date; November 4th, 2011. (lookit all the links in here!). Zack Galifianakis currently in talks to join the cast of the DreamWorks Animation film alongside Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek.

The Little Mermaid’s Her Voice

The Little Mermaid's Her Voice

Disney’s The Little Mermaid has been a popular phenomenon since the animated film hit theaters in 1989; that’s 20 years ago, and it’s still going strong! For nearly 2 years, the hit story has made appearances as a musical, part of the wider “Disney on Broadway” category. The live re-telling features new songs adding to the story. One such song has generated it’s own music video – a special version of “Her Voice” in which Drew Seeley sings and stars as Price Eric. Check it out after the break! What do you think: should this have been in the movie?

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